Nunley Award

Charles H. Warfield


Mr. Warfield was born in Clarksville, TN on October 18, 1924, and moved with his family to Nashville when he was a junior in high school. He graduated from West End High School and earned his B.A. and J.D. (‘49) at Vanderbilt University. While an undergraduate, he left school and entered the V-12 Navy College Training Program at The University of South and was commissioned as an officer. During WWII, he served in the Pacific theater as the Assistant Gunnery Officer on the U.S.S. Yokes, where he fought in the Okinawa Campaign.

After the war, he returned to Nashville to finish his undergraduate studies and obtain his law degree. In law school, he and several other classmates founded the Vanderbilt Law Review. On July 22, 1950, he married Martha Hardcastle, and they raised their three boys (Charlie, Miles, and Bill). On January 1, 1972, with his friend and long time law partner, Frank Farris, he started the firm that would become Farris, Warfield, & Kanaday, PLC, Charlie’s dedication to his family and profession was equally matched by his dedication to his community. His civic activities were many, serving on numerous boards.  Through his children, Charlie also coached various sports teams and was involved in the Boy Scouts. His other passions were the outdoors, reading, and teaching Sunday school. Charlie had four priorities in his life: his family, his church, his law practice, and his community.



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